Upside Your Head!: Rhythm and Blues on Central Avenue (Music/Culture)

Upside Your Head!: Rhythm and Blues on Central Avenue (Music/Culture)

Johnny Otis


mythical jazzman Johnny Otis has spent an entire life on the heart of L.A.'s black song scene as a composer, performer, manufacturer, d.j., activist, and preacher. His lively, anecdotal memoir, Upside Your Head! Rhythm and Blues on critical street, remembers the tune, the nice performers, and the colourful tradition of the district, in addition to the political and social forces -- together with virulent white racism -- that experience formed black lifestyles in la. Resonating with anger, poignancy, pleasure, and defiance, Upside Your Head! is a special rfile of the African-American musical and cultural experience.

Upside Your Head! recollects a 50-year profession while it sort of feels Otis both encountered, found, or played with each major determine within the early days of rhythm & blues and rock 'n' roll, together with count number Basie, Esther Phillips, T-Bone Walker, titanic Mama Thornton, and Lester younger. Drawing on dozens of vignettes, own images, and hours of taped interviews from the preferred "Johnny Otis Show," Upside Your Head! bargains a relocating tribute to the black group that gave delivery to L.A.'s rhythm and blues. His tales have fun the real roots in black tradition of a particular American track whereas lamenting its eventual appropriation through the dominant white society.

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